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Where to buy DVDs?

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Where to buy DVDs?

DVDs are a lot cheaper in the US for us Brits and there are quite a lot of box sets I want to buy. Now that Virgin Megastore is closed, are there any big DVD shops in the city?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

Target, Walmart do sell the box sets though the collections will be limited. If you have the time may be you can shop from Amazon online and have the package mailed to your hotel.

Are you sure the region code will match though? It would be terrible if these dvds do not work in your player.

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2. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

theres a best buy in sf, not downtown but its not far.

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3. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

Amoeba Records on Haight & Stanyan and they have an import section for PAL and other regions www.amoeba.com/movies/dvds-and-video.html - it has an amazing selection of new and used DVDs (71 Haight St MUNI bus www.sfmuni.com/71 )

this is the Best Buy on the 38-MUNI bus line www.sfmuni.com/38 http://stores.bestbuy.com/1125/ (better location for getting to it from Union Square)

right in Union Square is Borders Books and Music borders.com/online/store/StoreDetailView_57 and on Market St. in Westfield Center borders.com/online/…StoreDirectionsView_605 (their prices are not as great as Best Buy, but if you catch them with a sale going on, it's worth checking out and going online to see inventory is faster than walking to the store to find out it is out of stock; enter zip code 94105 for searching a store's inventory)

Edited: 02 February 2010, 18:39
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4. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

Amoeba on Haight near Stanyan will be your best choice, in my opinion. Be sure you purchase Region 2 DVDs if you can find them. The most common Region 1 DVDs (USA/Canada) will not play properly in your Region 2 (European) player.

Alternatively, you could purchase a region-free DVD player while in the USA and use with (with a power adapter) when you return to the UK.

Here's a helpful link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code

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5. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

Another vote for Amoeba_____great store.

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6. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

Please remind that the DVD disc you bought in United States, region code 1, probably will not play in your DVD player in UK. Because your DVD players purchased in UK will only play region code 2 discs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code

Well, they also change the Blue Ray region codes, A for US and B for UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc

Only exception is, you have purchased the Region Free DVD players, commonly available in stores in Hong Kong, or Chinatowns in your home town. Or, you have some smart kid hacked your DVD players.

Edited: 03 February 2010, 00:37
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7. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

Wow, thanks for all your help guys. And yes,my DVD player is hacked, so it's multi-region, so R1s are what I'm after.

Thanks everyone.

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8. Re: Where to buy DVDs?

Buying cheap region 1 discs is always something I look foward to when visiting the US.

If you're staying for an extended period, then one thing you can do is order dvds from amazon, or another deep discount site, and have them sent to your hotel. This way you avoid paying state sales tax and pay prices much cheaper than those on the high street.

This is a good way of getting expensive stuff, like box sets or Criterion collection discs. As long as you don't buy too much customs won't bother you on the way home.

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